Plataran Komodo, 30 March 2018

You NEED to know about this underrated Indonesian destination

I remember the first time I visited Bali, it was the first real
overseas trip Matt and I took together and we lived la Vida bogan like
you would not believe. We were all about that beach life, buying
knock-off errythang and drinking more Bintang than any normal person
should. It was great. We went back time and time again, somehow finding
ourselves having a very similar experience year after year. Turns out,
you can have too much of something and we found ourselves getting tired
of visiting the same place and having the same holiday.

Last year I got the chance to see more of Indonesia, outside of Bali. I visited Bintan, Jakarta, and Flores. As part of the trip, I found myself exploring Labuan Bajo, the gateway to Komodo National Park.
I fell in love with the place immediately and felt so silly for never
having ventured deeper into Indonesia sooner. I vowed to return with
Matt as soon as we could, which is what we just did. Here’s everything
you need to know about visiting Labuan Bajo and why you absolutely must visit this incredibly gorgeous, underrated Indonesian destination.

You NEED to know about this underrated Indonesian destination 

Where the heck is Labuan Bajo?

You’ll find Labuan Bajo east of Bali,
on the western end of Flores in the Nusa Tengarra region of Indonesia.
It’s an unspoilt part of Indonesia, where rundown shacks and rustic
cafes take pride of place. Things here are slower, simpler and much more
relaxed with the bustling fishing village managing to hold onto its
little town soul.

How would I get there?

Yoooooo! It’s so easy to get there it’s not even funny. You can fly to Labuan Bajo
from Jakarta, which takes 2 1/12 hours or fly from Bali, which takes 55
minutes. There are also a few other spots you can fly from, like
Lombok, if you need to. The flight is really easy and quick.

You NEED to know about this underrated Indonesian destination 

Where would I stay?

Matt and I stayed at Plataran Komodo Beach Resort
and had an unforgettable experience. We were greeted at the airport by
Plataran team member, Julius, who welcomed us with a big smile,
handshake, a refreshing cold towel and bottles of iced water. He whisked
us to our private transfer, which dropped us at the harbour a few
minutes later. We climbed aboard a Plataran boat and whizzed across the
bright blue water, past islands and traditional boats, toward the
resort’s private jetty.

You NEED to know about this underrated Indonesian destination 

After an incredibly friendly welcome from the on-site staff, we were
treated to a refreshing cool drink and a five-minute massage, all the
check-in details are taken care of at our beachfront villa. In that
moment it was impossible not to relax, both Matt and I beaming from
ear-to-ear, excited to explore the resort and experience as much of the
area as possible. If you’re planning a trip to Labuan Bajo and are
looking for an unforgettable place to stay, I cannot recommend Plataran
Komodo Beach Resort highly enough.

You NEED to know about this underrated Indonesian destination 

Okay, what are the villas like?

In a word – incredible. We stayed in a deluxe beachfront villa and
felt like absolute royalty. It was a very generous size, with the focal
point of the room being a huge canopy bed straight out of your dreams.
We could not wait to get back to the villa each night to cosy up under
the sheer netting, snuggling down into the cosy blankets and pillows.

In addition to the gorgeous bed, you’ll find the room equipped with a
television (we didn’t even get a chance to watch tv we were having so
much fun!) as well as a desk, wifi, digital safe, robes and slippers,
tea and coffee-making facilities, mini-bar, mosquito coils and
repellent, bottled water and a private terrace.

Another great feature is the bathroom – open-air but totally
surrounded by high walls and covered over with a clear canopy. It’s like
you’re showering al fresco, just with none of the cheeky public nudity.
I loved the rainforest shower, the water flowing out of a bamboo shower
head. The bathtub is also something to behold, a huge stone hollowed
out and smoothed to make a gorgeous spot to relax and unwind.

You NEED to know about this underrated Indonesian destination 

One of my favourite things about the villa was the fact it felt like
your own little home away from home. I loved that it was stand-alone,
making it feel exclusive and private. It felt like Matt and I lived
there, with the private beach right on our doorstep. It was so easy,
comfortable and enjoyable luxurious – we didn’t want to leave.

What the heck would I do?

The great thing about it is you can do as much or as little if you
like. If you’re in desperate need of a really relaxing escape you can
spend your days getting massages,
lazing quietly on sun chairs or taking a nap under the shade of an
umbrella, right on the water’s edge. You can sleep in, read books all
day, swim in the pool and slow down the pace.

If you’re looking to make the most of each moment, you can spend your
days exploring Komodo National Park, waking up early to watch the
sunrise peak over the horizon, bringing Labuan Bajo to life. Climb
aboard an incredible Phinisi boat and spend a day sailing, swimming
caves, snorkelling and jumping off the boat. Explore Labuan Bajo, visit local markets, explore hidden caves and wander the main streets.

You NEED to know about this underrated Indonesian destination 

Whatever you do, make sure you’re at the on-site bar, Atlantis on the
Rocks, for sunset each afternoon. Their Atlantis G&T’s are
legendary and the bright purple, orange and pink sunsets will blow your
mind – like something out of a painting, imagined and brought to life in
vivid colour.

Talk me through the food situation…

We all know food is life, so it’s mighty lucky the food at the resort
is exceptional – the stand-out has to be the incredible beachfront BBQ.
Grab a seat at a table right on the water’s edge then a
range of fresh seafood, caught that day. The resort has an arrangement
with local fishermen who bring the very best, fresh produce for guests
to sample. Get stuck into the most delicious, fresh fish, lobster,
prawns, squid and more, cooked right in front of you on a BBQ on the

On-site restaurant, Xanadu,
also serves a fantastic menu of local and international favourites.
From delicious Nasi and Mee goreng through to Mexican fare and perfect
pasta dishes, you’re spoilt for choice.

Why is worth going?

Labuan Bajo offers a completely different part of Indonesia, a
refreshing take on a beautiful part of the world. While the main part of
the city buzzes with life, resorts like Plataran offer a tranquil
escape, an absolute beachfront holiday in an unspoilt part of the world
that takes your breath away. From the gorgeous beaches and hidden coves
to the starry night sky, peaceful bungalows and sunsets so spectacular
they leave you speechless.

Visiting Labuan Bajo is a chance to experience somewhere totally new,
a place you haven’t been before that offers new sights and sounds,
stunning beaches and a holiday that can be set at your pace. Staying at
Plataran Komodo, exploring and truly experiencing the local area, gave
me a newfound love for Indonesia. It made me remember why I fell in love
with the country initially and why it’s important to keep searching for
hidden pockets like Labuan Bajo.

The verdict…

We had a fantastic stay at Plataran Komodo and loved exploring Labuan
Bajo. Our trip was a great a balance of relaxation and activities,
delicious food and great people. The whole stay was easy, from the short
flight and airport pick-up to the on-site staff taking care of every
detail for us. It was stress-free and totally enjoyable, best of all, we
really didn’t see too many other tourists – it felt like a haven.

I’d recommend a trip to Labuan Bajo to anybody looking to see a
different side of Indonesia, thirsting for adventure and just looking to
get off the beaten track and see new parts of the world. Plataran
Komodo offers an idyllic island escape for visitors, it would be
absolutely ideal for a special occasion celebration but is also
well-suited for those in need of a luxurious getaway. #TreatYoSelf

Watch our ‘Indonesian Adventure’ video to see more of this incredible resort and surrounds

Writer: Pheobe Lee
Blog content taken from Little Grey Box , click here to read the original article.